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Pirates Hardcover – September 1, 2008

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"Child readers will come for the subject matter, and they'll stay for the lush art. A section at the end offers additional information on what an average pirate's life would have been like. (Bibliography)" --Kirkus Reviews


"Enjoyably rich with popular pirate argot, begging to be read aloud in one's best buccaneering voice." --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books


"This is a good choice for reading aloud in classrooms studying the topic, or for children interested in the real world of pirates."--School Library Journal

About the Author

David L. Harrison wrote the acclaimed poetry collection Somebody Catch My Homework and many other award-winning books for children, including picture books, poetry, and nonfiction books. He lives in Springfield, Missouri.

Dan Burr has been painting book jackets for years. He lives in Tetonia, Idaho.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: AD650L (What's this?)
  • Series: AWARDS: Texas Bluebonnet Master List 2010-2011
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: WordSong (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590784553
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590784556
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 11.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #844,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Shiver me timbers." Harrison's twenty poems in a variety of styles are rich with all the favorite pirate jargon as he sets sail on a voyage to show that a pirate's life wasn't all swashbuckling fun. Floggings and a life ended by the hangman's noose were real possibilities. Written at a sixth-grade level, this is a book designed for older audiences who are interested in pirates and will appreciate the language. The poetry would also be a good choice as a teacher read-aloud introduction to the subject or time period. Harrison completes his book with factual notes.
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By J. B. Garner on September 22, 2008
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As one who has been fascinated with pirates ever since I first saw Peter Pan, I was so excited to get my hands on this book. And as the mother of two sons, I am thrilled to see the combination of engaging poetry and vivid illustrations that can capture the imagination of young boys. The poetry is rugged and bold - not sissy stuff. And the illustrations nearly jump off the page. Every elementary school should have this book on its shelves to invite youngsters into the world of poetry and art - and pirates.
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I think this book is fantastic! Every young boy should live the adventures of a pirate through these fabulous illustrations and imaginative poems. I think young and old, female and male will enjoy this book as well.
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My book of the week this week is Pirates, a picture book poetry collection by David L. Harrison, and illustrated by Dan Burr. I love this book! This collection is emotional and sometimes violent and not a "pretty" picture of life as a pirate. I think 3rd graders or so will love it--and many other ages, too. Each poem shares a moment from the rough and dangerous life of a pirate, and each painting is gorgeous and dramatic. Terrific for boys and for any kid who thinks poetry is boring. Think again! And for kids who already like poetry--perfect!
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